Others, including the one alleged to Huffman, featured paying Singer to fix standardized test scores to help the admission process. Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are listed among the high-profile chargings.
Court filings in the racketeering case show that if he's convicted, prosecutors will seek an order compelling him to forfeit a Falmouth condo, as well as membership in a Chevy Chase country club and $2,719,963.78. "There is an arrest warrant out for actress Lori Loughlin, who was NOT in Los Angeles this morning when Federal agents went to her home per officials familiar".
He must later appear in court in MA, where the nationwide investigation was initiated.
Giannulli was arrested without incident, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation served a warrant for Loughlin, but she was not home at the time, an Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesperson said. Lelling also deemed the parents the "prime movers of this fraud" and noted that "it remains to be seen if we charge any students" - which really just sounds like all of this is just the beginning.
"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud", Andrew Lelling, the United States attorney for MA, said.
Additionally, it added that a few years ago, it conducted a phone survey of over 400 college admissions officers and found that 25 percent of them admitted that they have "felt pressured" to accept an applicant who didn't meet their school's admissions requirements because of "who that applicant was connected to". Her father, Agustin Huneeus, a Napa Valley vintner, bribed a consultant to falsify her test scores and athletic credentials, including a photograph of an entirely different girl playing water polo, to the school's admissions office, authorities said.
Then he'd ask parents to pay $200,000 to his charity as payment, some of which would also be given to the coaches or sports programs.
Singer agreed to plead guilty to fraud charges and assisted investigators in obtaining evidence against his customers and co-conspirators. Singer funneled the money through a charity to disguise its origin and allow parents to claim the contributions were for "underserved children" if pressed by tax auditors. Macy was mentioned in the case but not charged.
Loughlin's husband, Mossimo Giannulli, is also named in the court documents.
Gordon Caplan, co-chairman of NY law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, allegedly paid $75 000 to have his daughter's test grades fixed.
William McGlashan, a senior executive at the global equity firm TPG Capital, allegedly conspired with Singer to turn his son into a football kicker, even though his son's high school didn't have a team. Since the Ivy League does not provide athletic scholarships, it is worth no money, just access to the school.
- Nine coaches are accused, including former Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith; UCLA soccer coach Jorge Salcedo, Wake Forest volleyball coach Bill Ferguson and Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer.